AEGN Events

Please note: AEGN events are for grantmakers not grantseekers unless the
event specifically states otherwise

If you have a PAF this article provides you with guidance on how you may consider using your PAF funds to cover AEGN event fees including field trips.

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Inland Waterways in Peril – video meeting
The Murry Darling Basin is Australia’s largest river system, cherished and essential to some of Australia’s most endangered fish, birds, mammals and plants not to mention Traditional Owners, farmers and communities along its length. Hear from leading experts Professor Jamie Pittock and Professor Richard Kingsford on the state of the Murray Darling Basin, the key factors at play, solutions to reverse the plight of the river system and the role that philanthropy can play.
Date: Tuesday 19 February 2019
Time: 2 – 3:15pm
Where: Video link-up
Otways Field Trip

Join the RE Ross Trust and the AEGN on a day trip to the Great Ocean Road. Visit the Conservation Ecology Centre at Cape Otway and their new enterprise, Wildlife Wonders, visit the Otways National Park while we discuss park and visitor management and hear from an expert ecologist about Victoria’s nature conservation. You will have the pleasure of chatting with other AEGN members as we travel through the most visited natural wonder in Australia and we will discuss funding options for donors.

Speakers will include Lizzie Corke – CEO and Founder, Conservation Ecology Centre and Shannon Hurley – Nature Conservation Campaigner, Victorian National Parks Association.

Date: Tuesday 26 February 2019
Time: Approx 7am – 7pm
Location: Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Who: Funders only
Cost: TBC – depending on numbers
RSVP: Tab Sejoe – – please include any dietary requirements

Draft Itinerary:






The trip will include morning and afternoon tea and lunch

7am Pick up guest at Russell St extension, Melbourne CBD
7.15 – 2.00 Drive along Great Ocean Road with pick ups at Anglesea and Lorne
10.00 – 10.30 Stop for morning tea and a stretch – TBD where
12.00 – 2.30 Visit Wildlife Wonders site and lunch
2.30 – 6.30 Drive back on Great Ocean Road
4.30 – 5.00 Stop for afternoon tea and stretch – TBD where
6.30pm End field trip at Russell St Extension
 Please note itinerary is subject to change

Nature is calling – an On-Country conversation with Wyss Foundation


Please join us for an exclusive overnight site visit to Gayini Nimmie-Caira and the Great Cumbung in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Hosted by Nari Nari Tribal Council and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Spend time with Wyss Foundation CEO Molly McUsic and Wyss Conservation Manager Heath Nero to learn more about the US$1 billion Wyss Campaign for Nature and share your own reflections on nature philanthropy in Australia.

The Wyss Foundation’s goal is to help conserve 30 percent of the planet in a natural state by the year 2030, encouraging the international community to establish more ambitious Protected Area targets, investing in science, and inspiring conservation action and new investments around the world. This is a unique experience to learn about The Wyss Foundation’s $1billion Campaign for Nature and share insights from philanthropic leaders.

Professor Richard Kingsford and Professor Hugh Possingham will share their thoughts on the most pressing priorities for conservation in Australia and around the world.

This TNC project has been proudly supported by Besen Family Foundation, The Ian Potter Foundation, The Yulgilbar Foundation and The McLean Foundation in partnership with The Nature Conservancy Australia.

Date: Friday 1 March to Saturday 2 March 2019



Departing from your local airport to arrive in Melbourne or Sydney, then by arranged charter plane transport to Gayini Nimmie-Caira and Great Cumbung (details advised on confirmation of your attendance).
Who: Please note this is a funder-only event and will be subject to availability.
Cost: $899 per person single or $808 per person twin share



Tab or call Kristine Anderson 0405533410 or for any further information. Please advise of any dietary and medical requirements at time of RSVP.












Day 1 Friday March 1

At 10.30 we will depart Essendon Airport, Melbourne and Sydney Airport (TBC) by charter plane to arrive early afternoon at Gayini Nimmie-Caira via Hay, NSW.

Upon arrival, Nari Nari Tribal Council will welcome us to Country and provide a ground and helicopter tour of Gayini Nimmie-Caira and the Great Cumbung.

That evening, Professors Kingsford and Possingham will host a campfire discussion on prioritising for impact.

Overnight Gayini Nimmie-Caira tented camp accommodation provided by Happy Glamper
Day 2 Saturday March 2

Early morning we will enjoy a camp breakfast and coffee, followed by a Wyss and AEGN-only discussion on nature philanthropy in Australia, facilitated by AEGN CEO Amanda Martin

We will return to Melbourne / Sydney via Hay for a 2pm arrival In Melbourne / Sydney.

Celebrating 10 years of the AEGN in Sydney

We had such a wonderful celebration in Melbourne for our 10 year milestone in October that we are taking our celebration north, hosting a special evening in Sydney to mark our collective journey.

You are cordially invited to join us in celebration of the contribution to environmental philanthropy of AEGN’s members.  The evening will bring together the vast network of people that has made the AEGN what it is today – founding members, past members, board and staff, along with philanthropic sector partners and of course the heart of the network, our members.


Date: Wednesday 13 March 2019
Time: 6pm – 8.30pm
Location: The Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney, NSW
RSVP: to Kristine including any dietary requirements you may have
Other Drinks and hearty canapes will be served
AEGN Conference 2019
Theme Ramp It Up – Supercharged Giving for a Better Environment
AEGN 2019 Conference & Side Events

More than ever before people are coming together to reverse global warming and restore nature. Momentum in the community is building and there is a vibrant environmental sector leading the movement for change. Philanthropy can supercharge these efforts by amplifying the vision, building scale in key areas and supporting new ideas, bold gestures and new partnerships.

At Ramp it Up ! you’ll be inspired by AEGN members who have committed to ramp up their funding and their impact through the Environmental Giving Pledge and connect with representatives of the environmental movement. Together we’ll explore how philanthropy can build scale around strategies for achieving change; communications, advocacy and collaboration.

In addition to the Conference on Tuesday, 2nd April, delegates are invited to register for our Side Events including:

Cultural training course with The Black Card to help you supercharge your Indigenous land management funding (Monday, 1st April 10:00 AM-4:00PM). Cost TBC.

Pre-conference welcome cocktail party (Monday 1st April, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM)

Bays Beaches and Bush – daylong field trip to the Mornington Peninsula, (Wednesday, 3rd April, from 9:00 AM).

Visit the Conference web page for more information or register here.

Date Monday 1st April – Wednesday, 3rd April 2019
Location Melbourne


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